Bangor racing tips Wednesday 13 November – Selections for every race at today’s feature meeting

Wednesday's feature meeting of the day comes from Bangor.Wednesday's feature meeting of the day comes from Bangor.

Brian Healy looks over the card for Wednesday’s main fixture at Bangor where he gives his race-by-race selections for all seven of the day’s contests.

Wednesday’s feature fixture comes from Bangor, where a seven-race card gets underway from 12.45pm, and there is Listed action on the card which also includes some solid handicap action.

The main race of the afternoon sees the mares go to post for the Masterstroke & Scalo Yorton Stallions Mares’ Novices’ Chase over an extended 2m1f trip with the runners facing the tapes at 1.15pm as the second race of the day.

12:45 – Friends Of Tarporley War Memorial Hospital Handicap Chase Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m4½f
1:15 – Masterstroke & Scalo Yorton Stallions Mares’ Novices’ Chase (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m1½f
1:50 – Anne Duchess Of Westminster Memorial Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+ 0-150) 3m
2:25 – Equerry Horse Feeds Novices’ Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+) 2m7f
2:55 – Alex Timpson Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (4yo+) 2m3½f
3:30 – Swan, Tarporley Juvenile Maiden Hurdle Cl4 (3yo) 2m½f
4:00 – John Pickering “National Hunt” Auction Maiden Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+) 2m½f

Brian Healy takes a race-by-race look ahead to Wednesday’s main fixture at the Welsh track, and he gives his selections for every race on a solid afternoon racecard.

12:45 – Friends Of Tarporley War Memorial Hospital Handicap Chase Cl4 (4yo+ 0-120) 2m4½f

Every runner has a question to answer, but it might be worth stick with last season’s winning trainer Donald McCain and his representative here, MR MCGO (3/1, William Hill), to land the spoils on his reappearance.

A dual-winner over hurdles previously, including a success here, he cut little ice over fences in a handful of runs last term although possibly failed to see out the longer trip when last seen at Chepstow back in April.

He finished fourth on that occasion, beaten around six lengths, but the form has worked out fairly well with several subsequent winners coming out of the race including three who finished behind him.

A drop back in distance for this return could prove a good move, and he is still relatively unexposed over fences after four starts so there could still be some measure of progress to come from him, especially if he can somehow recapture the pick of his hurdles form and translate it to this sphere.

Donald McCain can saddle a winner on the Bangor card on Wednesday

Donald McCain can saddle a winner on the Bangor card on Wednesday

1:15 – Masterstroke & Scalo Yorton Stallions Mares’ Novices’ Chase (Listed Race) Cl1 (4yo+) 2m1½f

Irish raider AGUSTA GOLD (8/13, Ladbrokes) has the advantage of race-fitness over her rivals in this contest, and Mags Mullins’ charge can take this Listed prize back over the Irish Sea.

The Gold Well mare has been a very useful sort over hurdles, winning twice in that sphere and never finishing worse than fourth in her defeats; and she has shaped as if she’ll be just as good over fences judging on her two runs to date where she built on a promising third behind Tintangle at Fairyhouse to get off the mark over the larger obstacles at the second attempt.

That success came at Thurles last month where she ran out a a wide margin winner over Ballybrowney Walk, making all the running and scoring with ease. She ought to continue to improve, and with the ground no issue she could prove a tough nut to crack where she can put her fitness advantage to good use.

1:50 – Anne Duchess Of Westminster Memorial Handicap Chase Cl2 (4yo+ 0-150) 3m

ARTHURS GIFT (4/1, William Hill) shaped better than the bare result on his seasonal return at Carlisle last month, and the Presenting gelding can step up for that run to get back on the scoresheet here.

Nigel Twiston-Davies’ charge racked up a hat-trick of wins during the 2017/18 season, and he shaped with some promise as a chaser last term in four starts which included a win at Carlisle in soft ground in February prior to perhaps just finding the test of the Midlands Grand National too much on his final outing.

Fifth on his return to action where he was beaten around seven lengths, he probably needed that run on ground likely to have been too quick, and he should strip fitter now while the more testing surface will be more to his liking,

He is 2lbs lower here than was the case last time, and still relatively exposed as a chaser he could have more to offer and is chanced to get back to winning ways on his second outing of the season.

Nigel Twiston Davies can saddle a Wednesday winner at Bangor

Nigel Twiston Davies can saddle a Wednesday winner at Bangor

2:25 – Equerry Horse Feeds Novices’ Hurdle Cl4 (4yo+) 2m7f

DINO BOY (2/1, Bet365) offered plenty to work on when finishing fourth on his hurdles debut at Wetherby last month, and the Diamond Boy gelding is expected to build on that experience where he can get off the mark here.

A winner between the flags previously, he found only one too good in an Aintree bumper back in May before joining this yard, and he possibly just needed both the run and the experience latest when beaten around 15 lengths.

He had a subsequent winner behind him however, and he ought to have learned from that first experience so every chance he can take a forward step and do better still given that he remains with the potential for further improvement to come for his in-form yard.

2:55 – Alex Timpson Handicap Hurdle Cl2 (4yo+) 2m3½f

BURROWS PARK (7/2, Bet365) won three times over hurdles last term, two of which came in testing ground, and Venetia Williams’ charge can build on his reappearance at Cheltenham last month where he finished sixth of eight runners behind Tobefair.

The Astarabad gelding shaped as if that outing was needed as he trailed home the thick end of 15 lengths behind the winner, Tobefair; but he has been eased 1lb in the weights following that run and ought to be sharper for the outing so there’s every chance that he can show improvement now with an outing under his belt.

Trip and ground are of no consequence, and it wouldn’t come as a surprise to see a better effort now for his in-form stable and he ought to go close under Charlie Deutsch who takes the ride.

Venetia Williams can continue her good start to the campaign with a Bangor winner

Venetia Williams can continue her good start to the campaign with a Bangor winner

3:30 – Swan, Tarporley Juvenile Maiden Hurdle Cl4 (3yo) 2m½f

NAVAJO PASS (8/11, William Hill) looks the answer to this contest, and the Nathaniel gelding can make a winning hurdles debut for Donald McCain.

A useful soft-ground winner on the flat at Carlisle in August, he had found only one too good in a previous outing on heavy ground at Haydock back in June, and he wasn’t disgraced despite being no match for the winner when last seen out behind Hamish in a competitive York handicap in October.

He beat only a handful of rivals home, but that was a strong race and he is of interest switching now to obstacles where he could take some beating if translating the best of his form on the flat to this sphere.

Given his prominent racing style, he could set out to make all here and the attitude he showed to win at Carlisle two runs ago will stand him in good stead so he could prove a tough nut to crack if allowed to stride on.

4:00 – John Pickering “National Hunt” Auction Maiden Hurdle Cl5 (4yo+) 2m½f

TIMEFORASPIN (7/2, Paddy Power) has found the podium in both previous outings here in bumpers, finishing runner-up in soft ground last December before landing a bronze medal on quicker ground the following month where he wasn’t beaten far in either of those runs.

Olly Murphy’s Librettist gelding might have needed the run and experience of hurdling when beating only one home at Fakenham last month, but he ought to have learned from the run and can do better now with that outing under his belt.

Although beaten 25 lengths, he shaped with some measure of ability in that run, and he can improve for the outing to finish closer here where a win wouldn’t come as a surprise in what looks a decent opportunity for him to open his account.

BANGOR TIPS WEDNESDAY 13 NOVEMBER – RACE-BY-RACE SELECTIONS

12:45 – MR MCGO (3/1, William Hill)

1:15 – AGUSTA GOLD (8/13, Ladbrokes)

1:50 – ARTHURS GIFT (4/1, William Hill)

2:25 – DINO BOY (2/1, Bet365)

2:55 – BURROWS PARK (7/2, Bet365)

3:30 – NAVAJO PASS (8/11, William Hill)

4:00 – TIMEFORASPIN (7/2, Paddy Power)